December 5, 2011

Coyle, Arnold, Brickley on prelim U.S. roster for WJC

Forward Bill Arnold of Needham, Mass. (photo: Getty)

Charlie Coyle (East Weymouth, Mass./Boston University), Bill Arnold (Needham, Mass./Boston College) and Connor Brickley (Everett, Mass./Vermont) were among the 29 players named to the preliminary U.S. roster for the 2012 World Junior Championship on Monday.

Coyle is one of eight players back from the 2011 U.S. junior team that won a bronze medal in Buffalo, N.Y.

The group will gather for a camp in Camrose, Alberta, on Dec. 17, with the final 22-player U.S. National Junior Team roster expected to be named Dec. 22.

"We're very excited to see what this group of players brings to camp," said Jim Johannson, general manager of the 2012 U.S. National Junior team. "The talent and skill that all of these players bring will make trimming the roster tough, but we look forward to the process."

The camp will include exhibition games against Russia (Dec. 20), Switzerland (Dec. 21) and Slovakia (Dec. 23).

Also on the 29-player prelim roster are BU defenseman Adam Clendening and BC forward John Gaudreau.